Tory Radio first started in 2005 and was founded by Jonathan Sheppard who felt the grassroots of the Conservative Party needed to hear the voices of the people running and leading the party and acting on its behalf.
In the second in our series of podcasts looking at gambling we talk to Sir Iain Duncan Smith.
We started off talking about his recent General Election result, fighting the failed decapitation attempt of about and Momentum to take his seat before moving onto gambling and what the future might hold for the sector.
In a wide ranging interview ranging from issues with FOBTs, gambling advertising and whether focus needs to be places on the availability of scratch cards Sir Iain is gives his views as to what he thinks needs to be done to ensure gambling can remain a legitimate leisure pursuit in the UK.
With the issue of gambling in the headlines once more we took the opportunity to talk to the Chairman (previously and possibly once agin following the elections to the post) of the Digital Culture Media and Sports Select Committee. Our discussion ranged from changes to stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, to whether closing high street bookies increase the possibility for problem gambling online. We discussed the issue of scratch cards and the fact that children are allowed to gamble in the UK, and whether the National Lottery gets an easy ride as it raises money for good causes, in spite of the fact that around only 10% of scratch card profits go to these good causes.
We discuss the relationship betting has both with sport in general and that of racing.
We touch upon the recent announcement of banning credit card transactions and what impact that ay have, whether future legislation or indeed a select committee inquiry may be in the offing, and what advice would be on offer to someone in charge of a gambling company should they ask.
In this interview conducted in a bustling hallway off Central Lobby I revisited a political opponent from 15 years ago. Then he was John Mann MP. Now he is Government Adviser on antisemitism Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor. John was his usual forthright self, being hugely criticism of the cult of Corbynism at the heart of the Labour party and what that meant for the rise of antisemitism in the country. He gives his analysis of how Labour's stance on Brexit led to the party being punished in their former heartlands, and gives his opinions on some of the current leadership contenders.
We discuss the increase in a lack of tolerance in politics and political debate, and how we should all be able to engage in strong and robust debate without resorting to personal attacks - which in recent years have led to physical threats to MPs, their families and their staff.
In a message to Boris and Dominic Cummings, John tells them, to hold onto their newly won seats, it's all about football, not potholes, and building kiddies playgrounds. Intrigued? Listen to what Lord Mann has to say.
We took the opportunity to talk to current Environment and International Development Minister Zac Goldsmith (soon to be Lord) on all matters environmental. This included discussing the opportunities Brexit could bring in terms of positive environmental outcomes, to what had the Conservative Party ever done for the Environment. We discussed issues ranging from plastic waste to how people who want to see peat removed from gardening products could try and influence Ministers.
The issue of tree planting was touched upon, as was 'consumerism' and what that meant for the planet, including the controversial issue as to whether having less children could be seen as a positive in terms of environmental outcomes.
Looking back to some of our archive we thought we should turn now to our interview with Michael Howard. In 2005 Michael led the Conservative party to another electoral defeat to Tony Blair. Given how Blair is now regarded by many within his own party this interview is well worth a listen,
On a day when the new Conservative Government set out its legislative agenda in its Queen's Speech, we look back to an interview we did several years ago with Jeremy Hunt, when he was Shadow Secretary of State at DCMS. Having lost out in the leadership election to Boris Johnson it is timely to look back at some of his view during that period in opposition.
With the former father of the house, Ken Clarke finally leaving Parliament we thought it was time t revisit an interview we did with him a few years ago. As someone who stood for the party leadership on several occasions he was never ones to shy away from sharing his opinions.
This interview was conducted several years ago with the influential PR guru, Lord Tim Bell, a key advisor to Margaret Thatcher during her time as Prime Minister. Lord Bell passed in August of this year, but we thought this interview would still be of interest to those with a fascination for politics.